Ah, we finally made it to the weekend! What a blessing. Thanks so much for everyone who came out to see us at Vroman’s bookstore on Wednesday!
This is EXTREMELY great, and remarkably well done at the New York Times: Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.
Get ready to argue, courtesy of History Extra: 10 top cats in history
Also arguable, at Vogue: The Most Important Collections of the 2010s
Saturday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, and there’s been a lot of really interesting content about it. Texas Monthly’s July issue is, in fact, The Space Issue, and it’s great. Even though it was 50 years ago, and I’ve never been alive during a time when man hadn’t walked on the moon, it’s still flipping amazing to me that people figured out how to do that. SCIENCE IS GOOD.
And this is very cool, at KCET: A Woman’s Place is in Space: Meet Eight Asian American Women Reaching for the Stars
Related, and AWESOME, is this 3-D look at iconic spacesuits at WaPo. This piece is fascinating, and it’s also so beautifully done. How do you dress for space?
This was really interesting, at Thrillist: The Rich, Complex History Hiding Within Chinese Plate Designs
So worth your time — the pictures alone here are great — at the New York Times: A Last Look at Ebony’s Archives, Before They’re Sold
At Pajiba: You want to see the trailer for Hustlers.
Look at all these nifty pics from the Artistic (AKA Synchronized) Swimming Championships. (The Atlantic)
Fascinating, at the LA Times: A retired teacher found some seahorses off Long Beach. Then he built a secret world for them
Over at Celebitchy: Cameron Diaz is ‘very happy being away from acting,’ cooking is her ‘passion’. But what about what I want, Cameron?! (Fine, I am happy she is happy. Live your life, Cameron!)
This essay from Laura Lippman, at Longreads, is really, really good. It’s about body image, and aging, and so much more. Here’s a piece of it: “Every day, one day at a time, one meal at a time, one hunger pang at a time, I ask myself what I really want. I then eat whatever it is. It is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.”
This is very funny, at The Shatner Chatner: Where’s Todd Wilkins?
The Mary Sue wonders, Did Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Chicken out of San Diego Comic-Con? (My feeling: Yes.)
At NYMag: Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing. (Blackmail. It was mostly blackmail.)
Also at Lainey: I’m not sure if I’m at home for a Gossip Girl reboot.
This is so, SO good, at The Cut: Men Know It’s Better to Carry Nothing. Here’s just part of it: “I dated one such man, who used to say that schlepping things was bad for the soul. I still am struck at that assertion of power, the arrogant nonchalance of someone who travels to work with nothing on his person but his phone, his wallet, and his keys. Since the spill, I notice them all the time — in particular, on my way home one night, a tall, dark-haired Italian model–type man in a super-slim suit and long, narrow shoes who seemed not to have room on his person for an extra credit card, let alone a stack of paper towels cadged from the bathroom at work, just in case. He looked like he believed he was Important, and maybe he was. The message encoded in empty spaces where a briefcase or a backpack might have been was this: I have people to carry things for me. Golf caddies. Bell hops. Assistants. Women.”